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Judge Requests Documents for Benicar Lawsuits in 2016

Judge Requests Documents for Benicar Lawsuits in 2016

October 6, 2015 — The New Jersey Law Journal reports that the federal judge overseeing more than 1,046 Benicar lawsuits is seeking a late 2016 trial date.

U.S. District Judge Joel Schneider held a pre-trial hearing on September 30 and asked lawyers for Daiichi Sankyo to produce adverse event reports.

He also requested documents showing how the Daiichi Sankyo is complying with January’s $39 million settlement with the Justice Department for violations of the False Claims Act, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys.

The litigation was centralized at the federal level in June 2015. Another 66 lawsuits are also pending at the state level in Atlantic County.

Plaintiffs accuse Daiichi Sankyo of failing to adequately warn about the risk of sprue-like enteropathy, a gastrointestinal illness that causes chronic diarrhea, severe weight-loss, and intestinal damage. The FDA issued a Safety Communication about the risk in July 2013.

In some cases, victims were misdiagnosed with Celiac disease because the label did not warn about sprue-like enteropathy. It was not until 2012 that doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota noticed an unusual cluster of cases and made the connection to Benicar.

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